Law enforcement officers, police chiefs and Sheriffs throughout Southwest Missouri are encouraging anyone celebrating Halloween to be careful as they take their kids door to door or enjoy an adult Halloween party.
While the Greene County Sheriff’s Office released a list of items for parents to remember, other departments like the Joplin Police Department warned that Halloween night can also increase drunken drivers. Statistics show 40% of all fatal crashes on Halloween involved alcohol.
For parents, here is the list of safety tips released by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department:
1. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
2. Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
3. Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.
4. Let your children know that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
5. Never invite children into your home.
6. Children should never accept rides from strangers.
7. Children should never take shortcuts through yards or alleys.
8. Set a specific time limit for your children to be out.
9. Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.
10. Instruct children not to stray from their group.
11. A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
12. Make sure your group has flashlights.
13. Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.
14. Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.
15. Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
16. All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
17. Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
18. Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
19. Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
Other law enforcement agencies encouraged parents to take their children to organized “Trunk and Treat” events or events sponsored by their local governments rather than taking them to stranger’s homes for trick or treating.